RIGHT TO BREATHE: 50 STATES UNITED

Margaret Kitchell

I love the beauty of this part of the world, and want to preserve it, as well as the health of the people who live here.

Profession: Psychiatrist
Group Affiliation: Physicians for Social Responsibility

Clean Air Ambassador:

Margaret Kitchell, MD

Seattle, Washington

I love the beauty of this part of the world, and want to preserve it, as well as the health of the people who live here. I have a son who had asthma attacks when he was young. I have also had many patients with asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and know that air pollution affects their health.

While we think of the Pacific Northwest as having a beautiful environment, it is cause for dismay that King County received an "F" rating for ozone in the State of the Air rankings and a "C" in particulates.

Transportation, including autos, trucks and airplanes, accounts for a large share of air pollution in the Northwest. I have been concerned about transportation emissions for many years, and in particular global warming gases. We have already had intense weather and storms that are consistent with climate change. I want our leaders in Washington, D.C. to ensure that strong health standards are kept and enforced.
 

All Messages: Supporting Our Clean Air Ambassadors.

Thank you Dr. Kitchell .

Thank You Dr.Kitchell for your efforts in Washington State. Please read T.McCormick "Is it Safe to Buy a Home in Washington?" Our State government is teaching home inspectors not to report mold to the detriment of the 25 percent of us who do not clear toxins from our bodies. Having purchased a home from a Weyerhauser executive secretary and failing to reach court over the issue, I know well of the legal and corporate injustices of this state. Both my son and I developed asthma and had no prior history of pulmonary problems. In addition I developed immunosupression, chemical sensitvity, hypoperfusion, weight gain and hypertension and periperal neuropathy. The EPA estimates that 25 percent of new asthma cases are due to Water Damaged Buildings, yet our state insists on hiding this fact from the public issuing policies to protect corporate interests while ignoring the consequences to public health.

Thanks Dr. Kitchell. I live in Seattle and I really appreciate what you are doing for all of us, I too have noticed an decrease in air quality, and I'm so glad we have people fighting to do something about it!

My family has lived in the Seattle area since the late 1870's. In my 50 years along Puget Sound I have seen greatly increased traffic and pollution, including a sickening haze around the South Sound and Mt. Rainier. (Thank you Trans Alta! The legacy and mercury you have given us will have a lasting effect for generations to come.)

I applaud all efforts and ambassadors that help to restore the health and beauty of Puget Sound and the Northwest. Let's keep coal in the ground!

Go, Dr. Kitchell, go! We support you.

I live in Spokane, WA, where the air is fearcely protected by the EPA here, and we are told by them that we have one of the cleanest areas in the Upper Northwest even though we live in a Bowl type city.
I live right next door to a park with lots of douglas fur trees, and a forest my Dog Shadow and I love to walk into, and around for the peace it brings. Without that fresh air, I know my nerves would short out in no time flat from the smog, and pollution is we were as dirty as Los Angeles, and some other states. Please help us protect other areas such as Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Boise, ID. Thank You.

Thank you for representing the people of Washington State, Dr. Kitchell.

The haze produced by coal plants like TransAlta muddies the air over some of the state's most beautiful natural areas.

Undermining tourism with polluted air seems short-sighted.

Thanks, Dr. Kitchell!

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